Malian Music Cancelled for 2013 Festival sur le Niger

Posted January 23rd, 2013 at 3:59 pm (UTC+0)
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As an update to my previous post on the projected fate of Mali’s 2013 music festivals, this quick news post is to let you all know that the Festival sur le Niger has officially cancelled all music programs. See here for the press release in English.

 

 

Heather Maxwell
Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award winning radio program "Music Time in Africa" and is the Africa Music Director for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with Doctorate and Master's degrees from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987.

4 Responses to “Malian Music Cancelled for 2013 Festival sur le Niger”

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  2. Allan says:

    We are saddened by the cancellation of music festivities this year. I have attended Festival on the Niger 4 times beginning in 2006 and lastly in 2012 and, from a tourist/spectator prospective, enjoyed all 4 tremendously. February 2014 will be the 10th anniversary of the Festival and we really hope that conditions will allow the Festival to take place and that the shortcomings specified by Ms Maxwell and Ms Segala will have been resolved.
    My thoughts and concerns are with the Malian people. Our friends and associates in all parts of Mali are struggling now.
    Thank you to Ms Maxwell for her really great Music Time in Africa radio show.

  3. This is a great catastrophe, especially in the face of the massive bravery and creativity shown by the festival’s organizers since Mali’s troubles began despite losing everything they had built for years. I have been following the ‘alternative’ arrangements and can only applaud them heartily from so far away in Australia.

    The only positive I can see coming out of the horrible things the Malians are enduring is that a spotlight on them can help show the world what a special and beautiful culture Mali is — and to be inspired to pull out all the stops to help them restore balance and also to continue to build their society and culture.

    One day I will be honored to attend the festival when it is thriving again. By then I will be coming from only a short distance, from Guinea.

    Mardi Kendall
    CEO of EcoGuinea

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Heather Maxwell produces and hosts the award-winning radio program “Music Time in Africa” and is the Africa Music Director for the Voice of America. Heather is an ethnomusicologist with Doctorate and Master’s degrees from Indiana University specializing in African Music. She is also an accomplished jazz and Afrojazz/Afrosoul vocalist and has been working, researching, and performing in Africa and the U.S. since 1987

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